Earth in 2086 is under complete corporate control. Even air and water are controlled by corporations. Moving resources from one area to another is illegal (unless the same corporation controls both areas' resources). These corporate interests have enslaved mankind by controlling the currency. Scout Ellison and his group want to start a new society without currency. This new society is completely illegal. Even if it was not, it would require changing the whole world's financial system. So Scout decides to leave Earth and colonize Mars. But the military-industrial complex won't let this new society get off the ground (at least not without a fight).